Rupert Murdoch longs for ‘real black President’
In 2007, a freshman senator from Illinois named Barack Obama seemed like he might mount a run for the White House. But when fellow Democratic senator Joe Biden offered backhanded praise of Obama, calling him “articulate,” some wondered: Was Obama, the son of a black father and a white mother, black enough to win the hearts of African Americans?
“As much as his biracial identity has helped Obama build a sizable following in middle America, it’s also opened a gap for others to question his authenticity as a black man,” future MacArthur genius Ta-Nehisi Coateswrote for Time. “In calling Obama the ‘first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,’ the implication was that the black people who are regularly seen by whites — or at least those who aspire to the highest office in the land — are none of these things. But give Biden credit — at least he acknowledged Obama’s identity.”
Well into Obama’s second term, questions about his blackness have faded into the background somewhat. After all, Obama isn’t running again. But late Wednesday, a challenge to the president’s racial authenticity came from a man not known for opining on identity politics: conservative News Corp. executive chairman Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch’s comments came in a tweet praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife Candy — both of whom are black.
“Ben and Candy Carson terrific,” Murdoch wrote. “What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.”